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Avnet bloggers share their 2017 IT New Year’s Resolutions

It’s been a running gag on the internet that 2016 has been a trying year; thankfully it’s over and 2017 is upon us. Last year we recommended some New Year’s Resolutions to help slim and trim your IT environment – this year we opened it up to some of our regular blogger and asked them one question: What is your 2017 IT New Year’s Resolution?  Tim Camper, Sales Director "My 2017 IT New Year's Resolution is to avoid creating any more three-letter acronyms. I appreciate when things are easy to remember and acronyms do help my team and me to talk or write about products or solutions, but sometimes having all this lingo can be too much 'IT speak' and can get confusing."  Alisha Robinson, Demand Creation Specialist "My 2017 IT Resolution is to be more involved on social media. Specifically, I want to learn how to meme and hashtag with the best of them!" 

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4 small DevOps wins that can lead to big gains

​Implementing a DevOps model does not mean wiping the slate clean of each team’s independent challenges and objectives, but rather, leveraging existing processes and understanding different roles in order to support the scalability and agility needed to stay competitive. Different teams have different​​ concerns. While developmental teams are driven by user needs for frequent delivery of new features, operations teams focus on availability, stability of IT services and cost efficiency. Automation and integration can address both developmental and operational needs, and since it’s likely you already have the tools you need in-house, knowing how to use them collectively goes a long way in optimizing your investments and processes. Here are 4 small wins that can pave the way for an integrated IT environment that’s fueled by DevOps.

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Not able to attend VMworld last month? Here’s what you missed about attaining a SDDC

I’ve had some time to reflect on the messages delivered and lessons learned from VMworld 2016 – from Partner Exchange and from most of the breakout sessions. The promised Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) that VMware and other vendors have been speaking about over the past five years is no longer a long multi-vendor voyage. At VMworld 2016, VMware made the answer to how can you attain a SDDC clear: software and solutions pave the way. Businesses can achieve virtualized servers, storage and Networks along with management, monitoring and automation tools with products like vSphere, vRealize, VSPAN, NSX and Cloud Foundation/SDDC Foundation.   

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Enable multi-vendor, multi-silo cloud integration with faster time to market

Companies don’t want to reinvent the wheel or spend too much time and effort keeping up with constantly-changing technologies. When it comes to improving task efficiencies, many look to the tried-and-true methods used by peers or even competitors in the industry because it seems like a safer option than trying something new. There’s a better way to modernize your data center and improve efficiencies without the risk of blowing your budget on rip-and-replace hardware and software: leverage your existing investments. 

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Looking to implement DevOps? Here’s what you need to know about application performance management (APM)

​DevOps is about breaking down silos and integrating different teams so they behave as one unit. Combine that unit and its responsibilities with automation, and any organization can transition to a mature DevOps model for smooth software development, deployment and improvement. Automation is one of the most critical components to achieve maturity for an Agile or DevOps model. It’s what enables continuous improvement by automating manual tasks and removing inefficiencies. It’s not enough to just blend all three teams. Bringing all three teams together can streamline processes, but having to perform manual work only hinders speed and efficiency. Take testing for example: when testers test manually, it can consume too much time and effort. Testing must be done in order to identify and remove flaws and improve end-user adoption, but there’s a better and quicker way to handle it that frees up testers to focus on other important things regarding software development. 

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